Empire Awards – Highlights

BATD ON Mar 29, 2010 AT 12:38 pm

Nicolas Hoult, Sam Worthington, Alexa Davalos, Mads Mikkelsen

Last night saw some of the film industry’s biggest names turn out for the Jameson Empire Awards 2010, hosted by Dara O’Brian at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The movie which broke box office records as the highest-grossing film of all time and enchanted cinema audiences around the world, Avatar, scooped the top prizes with awards for James Cameron for Best Film (presented by Sony Make Believe) and Best Director and for Zoe Saldana, this year’s Best Actress (presented by Magic FM).  Sam Worthington, who starred in the film, picked up the awards on behalf of the winners.

Guy Ritchie accepting 'Best Thriller' award

Our personal favourite, Sherlock Holmes, proved the ultimate in crowd pleasing thrills and action-packed adventure, with the film winning Best Thriller. The Award was collected by director Guy Ritchie who was joined on stage by cast members Mark Strong and Jude Law. We’re all really pleased Ritchie bagged this award for his great efforts with this film, especially considering the negative reviews that often head his way! 

Also, the brilliantly intense Brit vigilante crime flick Harry Brown won Best British Film (presented by IndieMoviesOnline.com), with director Daniel Barber accepting the Award.

Ian McKellen

Aaron Johnson, who starred as a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy, beat rivals to be voted Best Newcomer (presented by Kiss 100) and the incredibly talented Christoph Waltz was honoured with this year’s Best Actor Award (presented by Citroën) for his role in Inglourious Bastards. 

Sponsors Jameson Irish Whiskey and Empire magazine were delighted to acknowledge and honour one of the world’s most outstanding actors for his phenomenal body of work and variety of performances.  From Gandalf and Magneto in the Lord Of The Rings and the X-Men blockbusters to his Academy Award-nominated role as real-life filmmaker James Whale in Gods And Monsters, Ian McKellen was crowned as the Empire Icon.

When advised of the honour, McKellen said, “I couldn’t be more surprised or delighted.  Middle-earth rejoices!”

In addition, special honours were bestowed on one of Britain’s most highly respected actors.  For his overall contribution to world cinema and a wealth of memorable roles, Jude Law took home the Empire Hero Award (presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey), which was presented to him by his friend and co-star, Gwyneth Paltrow.   

Ray Winstone

Finally, this year’s award for Outstanding Contribution To British Film was deservedly dedicated to actor Ray Winstone, whose roles in film span from an early career role in Quadrophenia to his award-winning turn in Nil By Mouth.  Audiences have enjoyed his broad range of performances in both independent and mainstream films including Sexy Beast, The War Zone, The Departed and 44 Inch Chest and Jameson and Empire Magazine couldn’t have been happier to bestow him with the award.

Mark Dinning, Empire’s Editor, said: “We are delighted with the Jameson Empire Awards 2010 – our best show ever. The past year has been both groundbreaking and record-breaking for cinema, and this year the Empire readers have once again done us proud, voting in their tens of thousands to produce the smartest bunch of winners of any awards ceremony on the planet. Once again the Jameson Empire Awards has confirmed itself as the best and most enjoyable movie awards ceremony in the world.”

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